Council & City

Local Initiatives Fund

Is your group looking for start-up funding for a new not for profit project? The Local Initiatives Fund may be able to help.

We're looking for unique initiatives that make a difference for our communities and enhance social connectedness and wellbeing.

Moemoeātia te moemoeā, engari whakatinanahia.

Dream the dream, but achieve it also

What the fund is for

This annual grant scheme is available for not for profit groups and organisations. It's a great opportunity to develop new activities and initiatives that can make a real difference in Palmerston North.

The fund supports new ideas, particularly those which:

  • develop, provide and advocate for services and facilities that create a connected, welcoming and inclusive community
  • ensure the city has a healthy community where everyone has access to healthy, safe and affordable housing and neighbourhoods
  • build community capacity to take ownership and encourage community leadership of solutions, including better coordination between community organisations and groups
  • are aligned with Council's goal of Palmerston North becoming a city where people feel safe and are safe.

Past recipients 

The Network of Skilled Migrants Manawatū is among the groups that have previously received funding, which also includes:

How to apply

Before you can be considered for a grant, you’ll need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) via SmartyGrants. We’ll ask you to provide a summary of your project and demonstrate how it aligns to the Local Initiatives Fund (LIF) guidelines. This can be written, or alternatively, you can provide a 60 second video. Once we receive your EOI, the Committee will assess your project’s suitability for the LIF.

If the committee is happy with your EOI then they’ll invite you to formally apply for the funding.

If there are any questions regarding your EOI, the community development team may be in touch to give advice on how your expression of interest can better meet the funding criteria. We can also give advice on whether this fund is for you and answer any questions you may have before you submit your expression of interest. Please contact the team on 06 356 8199 or email 

This fund is not currently open for applications, but you can register your interest using our community funding enquiry form.